I suspect everyone has a few of these books. They’re the guilty secret – the great books you want to read, but over the course of weeks, months, and years, just can’t seem to get around to opening. Ugh.
The mental block.
Here is my short-list of books I want to read, but just can’t seem to.
1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
There really is no excuse for me not to have read this book – or this entire series, really. For about three years now, I’ve put it off.
Thing is, I have it on good authority that the Hunger Games series is awesome. That Collins is awesome. That I will read this book and feel that happy zen zing of a great book devoured. I know I can munch my way through all three books over a weekend, then finish off with the movies.
And that brings me to the other reason I really ought to read The Hunger Games. I can’t watch the movies until I read the books. It’s a rule. But it just doesn’t seem enough yet.
2. Last Light of the Sun by Guy Gavriel Kay
This book sits on my shelf. It’s been sitting on my shelf since my birthday two years ago. And it judges me. Oh man, it judges me.
I even read the first page (and liked it!) but then the book went back to my shelf.
Where it sits to this day.
3. Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
I’d like to pretend that the size of the series is too much and I just don’t have the time. But I’ve happily blazed through eleven of Robert Jordan’s 14-book monstrosity, and loved everything Robin Hobb wrote until I didn’t love it anymore. I can take on five books, and should, because if I wait a few more years, it’ll be 2019, and there will be seven of them to take on.
…Not that I’m intimidated by page count. Ahem.
But despite having ebook copies of all of Martin’s books on my nook, I can’t seem to deliver the necessary finger-tap to the tiny cover icon on the screen.
4. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
I’ve been hearing great things about Stiefvater for forever, from Shiver to The Raven Boys to Lament. The covers are awesome-looking, the reviews and ratings solid, and the recommendations consistent.
And did I mention that the covers are awesome-looking?
Unlike the other books on this list, I don’t own any Steifvater, but the books are one library download away. As with the other books, there is no excuse. Just a big ol’ mental block.
I think I need a reading accountability buddy.